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September 18, 2015

Touch, pause & engage online with Rugby World Cup 2015

CBR rounds up the best apps to follow the action over the next 6 weeks.

By Alexander Sword

Not everyone can get tickets to every game, but CBR can give you the best apps to keep up-to-date on all the action.

1. Rugby World Cup 2015

The official app provides a range of peripheral features as well as the updates about the matches that you would expect. It offers a trivia quiz, photo-based games and access to the Rugby World Cup archive.

It also allows you to plan your own World Cup viewing; the match schedule can be added to your phone’s calendar and you can check which matches have tickets available if you’re considering a day out at the stadium.

2. BBC Sport

A mainstay of the sporting fan’s app repository, the BBC app will serve up its usual menu of up to date news, reports and blogs during the Rugby World Cup. You can set match alerts and listen to Radio 5 Live while browsing.

The advantage of this more general app is that you can also keep track of other sporting events while the tournament is on without having to open another app; there is a home screen providing the top stories across the world of sport.

3. Rugby World Cup 2015 Programmes

In the digital age, there is no need to go to the event to pick up the official programme – just download this app and you can have access to them right from your phone. You do have to pay for either per issue or by subscription for the whole tournament, with the cost varying.

Inside the 48 issues you’ll find all of the usual features of a programme, including news, interviews, match coverage, player info and history.

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4. Rugby World Cup 2015 Schedule

This app from independent developer Gummadi Apps focuses on simplicity above all else. If you’re already as clued up as you’d like to be and want access to the bare bones of what’s going on in the tournament without too much distraction, this app is for you.

The details of each match are automatically given in your time zone, with the upcoming games shown in a simple and intuitive screen. You can flick forward to which ever day you are interested in.

5. ITV Rugby World Cup 2015

This app provides video highlights of each game as well as the usual news, fixtures and results. The app is optimised for Samsung, HTC and Nexus smartphones and tablets including the Samsung Galaxy TBA 3, hudl2.

It has also thrown an in-app game into the scrum called Kick it!, which allows you to retake kicks from real matches by swiping.

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